Global Dyes and Pigments Category - Procurement Market Intelligence Report

This procurement report offers key insights on the best practices for supplier selection and the strategies for category management.

  • Published: Nov 2017
  • Pages: 99
  • SKU: IRCMSTR14657
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Key Features of Report


Supply Market Insights
Procurement Best Practices
Cost Saving Opportunities
Pricing Models
Negotiation Strategies
Category Risk Analysis
Key Supplier Analysis
Supplier Capability Matrix


Dyes and Pigments - Category Spend Analysis


According to procurement analysts at SpendEdge, there is a rising demand for organic dyes and pigments currently. Increasing consumer awareness in terms of the harmful effects of toxic chemicals in dyes and pigments and stringent environmental regulations are compelling manufacturers to invest in the development of non-hazardous organic dyes and pigments. Hence, suppliers are increasingly offering organic dyes and pigments as their major products. These suppliers have replaced hazardous chemicals such as chromate or lead-based chemicals in dyes and pigments with organic substitutes. These organic and non-hazardous dyes and pigments can be used in the manufacture of a variety of products such as food and beverages, and medicines. This compatibility of organic dyes and pigments with products such as food and beverages, which is a fast-growing segment, and shift of suppliers toward organic products are expected to contribute to increased demand for dyes and pigments.

The market is also witnessing an increase in offerings of integrated end-to-end industry-specific solutions by leading suppliers. Pigments and dyes have a low degree of differentiation and can be duplicated easily. Hence, these products can be commoditized easily. The commoditization of dyes and pigments can lead to loss of profit margin and brand equity. This is because suppliers can only differentiate themselves from their competitors based on pricing in such scenarios. This can lead to price wars and reduction in profit margins. Also, it becomes increasingly difficult for suppliers to retain their market shares, as buyers can easily switch between suppliers. Dye and pigment manufacturers are increasingly offering integrated end-to-end industry-specific solutions rather than standalone offerings of dyes or pigments to mitigate these challenges arising from commoditization. The integrated end-to-end industry-specific solutions include consultations to help with color selection, technical advice on selection of appropriate machinery, logistical support, industry-specific customization of coloring solutions to suit unique requirements, extensive support services (training on proper usage and handling of chemicals), and extended warranties. For instance, BASF, one of the leading suppliers of dyes and pigments, offers integrated paint solutions to automobile manufacturers. The solutions include the provision of support in the form of technical guidance, logistics support, and customization of dyes and pigments.

Dyes and Pigments - Procurement Best Practices


One of the procurement best practices for buyers is to invest in spend management and demand forecasting measures. Procurement managers need to integrate procurement planning and contract management activities by their category spend and prevailing market conditions. This helps them gain control over their category spend. Investing in spend management helps firms to enhance their visibility over spend. This helps them to better implement contract compliance, and adhere to regulatory and financial reporting requirements, such as the requirements of Sarbanes Oxley Act (US), as they will be better able to maintain a comprehensive auditable record of their category spend. Further, this will help buyers to segment suppliers and consolidate their supply base based on spend on each supplier. This will also help buyers to identify supply risk and employ mitigation plans proactively.

Dyes and Pigments - Procurement Challenges


According to this procurement research, one of the key procurement challenges faced by buyers is the difficulty in assessing supplier's capability to provide on-time delivery. The availability of raw materials, such as benzene, naphthene, sulphuric acid, caustic potash, oleum, and nitric acid, used in the manufacture of dyes and pigments is subject to factors such as demand-supply dynamics. Any delays in delivery of raw materials by vendors can significantly affect the timelines of suppliers. Furthermore, buyers also need to have visibility into operational capacities and plant-related data of suppliers to accurately estimate their ability to provide on-time delivery as well as meet demand fluctuations of buyers and provide JIT deliveries.

However, gaining visibility on supply chains of suppliers and their operational practices is not easy, as suppliers are not forthcoming with such data as it pertains to their internal functioning, and divulging such details can affect their competitiveness in the market. Hence, buyers find it difficult to assess the ability of suppliers to adhere to delivery timelines


Dyes and pigments are the primary materials used for imparting a specific color to any given product. Dyes are mostly obtained from insect and plant sources, while pigments are obtained synthetically from minerals such as alumina and silica or natural sources such as plants, animal wastes, and insects.

This upcoming procurement research report, which is a part of SpendEdge’s chemicals category, would provide actionable insights on the pricing trends, growth drivers, procurement challenges and best practices, and the supply landscape in the global dyes and pigments market.

Category overview of the global dyes and pigments market

Analysts at SpendEdge consider the various segments within the market. Dyes can be of various types such as reactive, disperse, vat, acid, basic, and direct or substantive while pigments can be classified as titanium dioxide based, inorganic, and organic pigments. The report also assesses the growth potential of the key market segments across various end-user segments such as:

  • Textile
  • Leather
  • Paper
  • Paints and coatings
  • Plastics
  • Construction printing inks

This upcoming procurement research report provides detailed insights into the continuously evolving supplier landscape to help improve source-to-contract cycle performance within the dyes and pigments market. Additionally, it helps sourcing professionals develop enhanced category strategies, understand supplier and market challenges, boost savings, and implement sourcing best practices.

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  • TAKEAWAY 01 | Market Overview
  • TAKEAWAY 02 | Demand and Supply Snapshot
  • TAKEAWAY 03 | Key Market Dynamics
  • TAKEAWAY 04 | Supply Market Highlights
  • TAKEAWAY 05 | Pricing Insights
  • TAKEAWAY 06 | Procurement Insights


  • Category Definition
  • Research Methodology


  • Category Spend Analysis
  • Category Maturity by Regions
  • Demand-Supply Shifts
  • Regional Demand-Supply Snapshot
  • Market Developments
  • Regional Impact of Trends
  • Key Category Growth Drivers and Corresponding Regional Impacts
  • Major Category Growth Constraints and Corresponding Regional Impacts
  • Key Current Technological Innovations
  • Major Regulatory Frameworks
  • Strategic Sustainability Practices
  • Porter’s Five Forces
  • PESTLE Analysis


  • Supplier Operational Capability Matrix
  • Other Prominent Suppliers by Region: Operational Capability Matrix
  • Supplier Functional Capability Matrix
  • Other Prominent Suppliers by Region: Functional Capability Matrix
  • Key Clients/Partners
  • Supplier Cost Breakup
  • Supplier Positioning Matrix


  • Pricing Models Snapshot
  • Pricing Models – Pros and Cons
  • Indicative Pricing


  • Major Category Requirements
  • Major Procurement Pain Points
  • Category Sourcing Evolution Matrix
  • Procurement Best Practices
  • Cost-saving Opportunities
  • Supplier Selection Criteria
  • Category Negotiation Strategies
  • SLA Terms
  • Supplier Evaluation Criteria
  • Category Risk Analysis


  • BASF
  • DuPont
  • Huntsman
  • Clariant
  • DIC


  • Glossary
  • Key Notes
  • About Us

Research Framework

SpendEdge presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key category influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary research

  • Procurement heads
  • Category managers
  • Sourcing consortium professionals
  • Industry experts and thought leaders
  • Procurement managers
  • Category heads of suppliers
  • Client account heads/managers
  • Client and industry consultants

Secondary research

  • Industry journals and reports
  • Periodicals and new articles
  • Category webinars
  • Internal categiry playbooks
  • Industry and government websites on regulations and compliance
  • Internal databases
  • Industry blogs/thought leader briefings



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